Scientists predict end of universe -- billions of years from now

02/19/2013 | Reuters

After discovering the Higgs boson particle last year, scientists analyzing the results say the initial conclusions indicate a catastrophic end for our universe tens of billions of years from now. "If you use all the physics that we know now and you do what you think is a straightforward calculation, it's bad news," said theoretical physicist Joseph Lykken, who presented his findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Experts predict the Earth will likely be consumed once the sun burns out in about 4.5 billion years and be long gone before the universe's end.

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